This demanding circular bike tour celebrates the joy of movement. You can expect a tour with medium-difficulty challenges, all of which are worthwhile. In addition, variety is provided in the fitness area, there are swimming, playing and climbing opportunities in the Grünwalder Freizeitpark.
But romantic moments, enjoyment and varied children's entertainment are also provided. A journey back in time to a medieval castle, idyllic nature and dreamy views of the Isar valley await you. Several towns along the route offer regional delights and plenty of Bavarian beer.
A cycling tour for nature lovers and families.
Arrive relaxed and use rental bikes from the local rental companies. The capacity for taking bicycles on the trains is limited and taking your own bike on the train cannot be guaranteed, depending on the capacity.
Start and end station
29 km / 6 Stunden
Our tip: Please make sure to check your train connection and the expected capacity before you start your journey.
Tour starts on Münchner Hauptbahnhof
DB Bicycle Service Hbf. Munich
At Munich Central Station, Call a Bike stations are located on the north side in Arnulfstraße and on the south side of the station in Bayerstraße. In addition, you will find numerous Call a Bike bikes independent of stations in the immediate vicinity of the station.
352 bicycle parking spaces are located in the immediate vicinity of the station.
From Munich Central Station, take Dachauer Straße to Marsstraße. At the corner of Lämmerstraße you will already find the Pedalhelden bike rental shop.
Bavaria's most diverse bicycle and special bike rental in the immediate vicinity of the main railway station. Delivery is possible throughout Bavaria and even nationwide. Hire is possible during opening hours or by telephone arrangement. Return can also take place outside opening hours.
Now walk along Bayerstraße through Goethestraße, Häberlstraße, Kapuzinerstraße to the Isar. Continue to the right along the banks of the Isar, passing the Braunau railway bridge, the lawn at the memorial to the mayor Jakob Bauer and arrive at the Munich Flaucher through the Brudermühlbrücke subway.
The former floodplains were developed into a local recreation area from the middle of the 19th century thanks to the initiative of Jakob Bauer.
There are bathing facilities at the Flaucher, including naturist bathing. The Flaucherstandl kiosk at Zentralländstraße 35 offers refreshments and small meals.
Behind the Thalkirchner Brücke bridge begins the area of the Munich Zoo, which you pass on the right-hand side on the Schlichtweg.
The Marienklause was built by Martin Achleitner himself in 1866. He built the small chapel in the steep slope of the Isar riverbank from nagelfluh rock and spruce and birch wood.
The water master Achleitner dedicated it to Our Lady in gratitude for the fact that he had been saved from death several times. It was also intended to protect others from floods and rockfalls on the steep slope.
At the same time, the inflow to the "Auer Mühlbach", the most important industrial watercourse in the area, was regulated here, where the Isar had been diverted westwards with a weir since 1330. For this purpose, there was a sluice here, which caused a natural branch of the Isar to continuously deliver its water power to the mill.
The rafters feared the "Auer Weir" because - due to the steep gradient of the Isar below Großhesselohe - they were driven extremely fast towards the hydraulic engineering structure and a dangerous rapid increased the risk of accidents even more. The rafters therefore prayed for the necessary assistance in the Marienklause before this passage.
The Jakobsquelle spring rises below the chapel. It was captured by Achleitner and integrated into the ensemble. On both sides of the spring grotto, niches with devotional pictures and candles decorate the base of the chapel. People often place fresh flowers and lit candles here for devotion.
On the Marienklausensteg, you cross over to the western bank and continue between the Isarwehrkanal and the wild Isar.
On a section of the Isar works canal, rafts operate as a popular leisure attraction.
Shortly before the Großhesseloher bridge, cross the Isar Canal and continue up the high bank to the forest inn in Georg-Kalb-Straße.
Waldwirtschaft Wawi - beer garden and restaurant
On the western high bank of the Isar, in the district of Großhesselohe in the municipality of Pullach, is the Waldwirtschaft Wawi beer garden. The inn, built in the 19th century, is adjacent to the Trinity Chapel, built in the 17th century. Both buildings are listed monuments.
As early as 776, there was an estate with livestock on this site, which belonged to the estate of Duke Tassilo. Since the 15th century, beer may be served here, which pious pilgrims in particular took advantage of. Around 1800, a dance pavilion was added to the "Waldwirtschaft Hesselohe". In 1852, Großhesselohe was connected to the railway network. And so there were now days when up to 10,000 visitors:inside were catered for in the Waldwirtschaft.
Today it is still a popular place, especially because of the idyllic beer garden, the good food and the live music on Sundays.
In sunny weather, there is always a shady spot to be found. There is a large playground for children. And when it rains, it's cosy and traditional inside. Homemade specialities are served here daily.
Pullach im Isartal
Well fortified and with renewed strength, you now cycle further southwards on the western high bank of the Isar to Pullach.
Green Forest Castle
In the 15th century, during the plague in Munich, the castle served as a place of refuge for Albrecht III. At the end of the 15th century, it was extended for the wedding of Albrecht IV by the master craftsman Jörg von Weikertshausen, who thus laid the foundations of the present substance. However, parts of the castle had to be demolished in the 17th and 18th centuries because the Isar had washed out these areas. This explains the irregular rectangular shape of the castle today.
Thanks to a high level of civic commitment, the castle has belonged to the Free State of Bavaria since 1976 and houses a branch museum of the State Archaeological Collection. The exhibition's motto is "Castles in Bavaria". With many hands-on opportunities, it illustrates basic knowledge about the building of castles in the Middle Ages, especially for children. Weapons, armour and farming implements are also on display, just as they were in a medieval hunting lodge.
In the former prison dating from 1700, wall drawings made of goatmeal have been preserved, which were made by the castle's first prisoner, an Italian impostor. He spent about 6 years behind bars here.
The view from the tower into the Isar valley is also definitely worth seeing.
There is a wheelchair-accessible entrance. And seating and lounging areas outside in the castle grounds.
Grünwald bei München
Continue on Zeillerstraße and after about one kilometre you will reach Grünwalder Freizeitpark.
Grünwalder Amusement Park
The park is located in the municipality of Grünwald. Before 1933, films by the Emelka film company were shot on the extensive grounds of what is now the leisure park. An SA riding school then took over the area. From 1950 onwards, high-ranking athletes were trained here at the Grünwald Sports School, which also trained World Cup football squads.
Today, the park serves as a recreation area for everyone. Under old trees, 120,000 square metres of playgrounds, sports and leisure facilities invite young and old to keep fit and enjoy themselves.
For spontaneous visits, there are swimming pool and sauna facilities, beach volleyball court, a climbing tower, a funbox with mini-pipe and a playground.
Südliche Münchner Str. 35C
The trail leads you further in the direction of Hochuferweg. From there you enjoy a gentle descent into the Isar valley.
There are always nice little bathing spots on the banks of the Isar.
After the Flauchersteg, turn east and after a short stretch you come to the beer garden "Zum Flaucher".
"Zum Flaucher" - beer garden and playground
This beer garden is located in the middle of nature, idyllically on the Isar River. It serves typical Bavarian food and beers. It is particularly popular because of its regional focus.
Only regional ingredients and seasonal dishes are served here. At the same time, the producers make sure that the vegetables are organic and that the meat comes from animal husbandry that is oriented towards animal welfare. For example, only straw pigs from the region are used for schnitzel, bratwurst and liver cheese. But vegetarian and vegan variety is also catered for here.
The restaurant is self-service.
Live music is occasionally played on the open-air stage. And speaking of playing: Not only for the little ones, but also for the big kids among the adults, a modern play, climbing and romping area has been built to the beer garden. The play facilities are made of natural materials and thus fit wonderfully into the natural ambience of the place.
Tour ends on Münchner Hauptbahnhof
After a wonderful day on the banks of the Isar, spoilt by scenery, culture and culinary delights, you cycle back to Munich main station from the Brudermühlbrücke along the same route.